Hyderabad : A month after the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy led YSRC government in Andhra Pradesh picked Senior IPS officer Manish Kumar Sinha, to head the Intelligence wing, a word going around that the state is hunting for its next Additional Director General-Intelligence (ADG) who would be the super boss.
If sources are to be believed, A 1989-batch IPS officer, Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, who earlier served as the CID director-general and former commissioner of police in Vijayawada, could be a pick. The officer has served in various capacities during the TDP regime, including the counter-intelligence cell and special intelligence bureau. Word doing around that Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, viewed as an efficient officer with no political inclination, is seriously being considered by those in the state's powerful corridors.
The second officer on the cards is K V Rajendranath Reddy of the 1992 batch of IPS, said the sources. The former Hyderabad police commissioner has also served as DIG, Vigilance and Enforcement. It is said that during former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s rule, the officer was not seen much or rather side-lined.
Another officer in the race is ADG-rank N Bala Subramanyam, who was part of the investigation into the Sohrabuddin Sheikh ‘encounter'.Though many senior officers fit the bill, the names of the above three are making the rounds in the high corridors of Andhra Pradesh.
A major re-shuffle of Senior IPS officer took places in December when, state appointed Inspector -general rank officer Manish Kumar Sinha was appointed the Intel chief. Though their first pick was IPS officer M Stephen Raveendra, currently working as an IG in Telangana police.
It is known that M Stephen Raveendra was hand-picked by the AP Chief Minister and efforts were made by both the Telangana and AP governments to shift the IPS officer to Andhra Pradesh. But, the Home Ministry put a stop to the inter-cadre deputation for reasons best known to them.